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23. Wellspring

By John Candler

Portland stone and glass (commissioned from Shakspeare Glass)

John’s work is mainly influenced by the sea and landscapes of the South West and often incorporates glass within the sculpture. He made this piece for the abbey sculpture trail to reflect the importance of the springs and wells in Glastonbury. It is appropriately sited close to the abbey’s ancient well and St Joseph’s Crypt, which have long been a focus for pilgrims.

In their own words ...

I made this piece for the abbey sculpture trail to reflect the importance of the springs and wells in Glastonbury. It is appropriately sited close to the abbey’s ancient well and St Joseph’s Crypt, which have long been a focus for pilgrims.

My work is mainly influenced by the seascapes and landscapes of the South West and often incorporates glass within the sculpture.

I started stone carving in 2002 as a relaxation from my career in shoe production in South East Asia and China. A few years later I started carving full time and in 2010 I was elected to the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen, becoming Master of the Guild in 2012.

My work can be seen locally at the Somerset Guild of Craftsmen in Wells and at Somerset Crafts at the Avalon Marshes Centre.

John Candler

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